Important Student Information for Current Students in 2021/22
Welcome! This list of Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from students in the School of English and Drama at the start of the 2021/22 academic year. Please remember that these answers are based on what we know now, given present conditions. We’ve all learned during the past two years that things can change, sometimes rapidly, so we’ll update these FAQs as needed.
If you have a query that’s not covered by the below guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, your Advisor, Dissertation Supervisor, Module Convenor, Student Support Officer, the Student Enquiry Centre, or the Academic Advice Centre at QMSU.
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All large-group lectures in English will be delivered online through our virtual learning environment, QMplus (there are no lectures in Drama). The online lectures for your modules will be delivered either in a timetabled slot live (synchronously) or pre-recorded and released in advance (asynchronously. “Pre-recorded” lectures should not appear on your timetable. Where a lecture is marked as “Live online” you will need to attend at the time specified on your timetable using the link on QMplus.
Seminars and workshops provide the opportunity for smaller groups of students to meet with academic staff to discuss and debate module content. Almost all smaller group seminars and workshops for English, Drama and Creative Writing will take place in person and on campus. There will be some exceptions to this: workshops for ESH6044 Livelihoods and ESH6000 English Research Dissertation will be online (the Drama dissertation modules—DRA344 Practice-Based Research Project and DRA329 Written Research Project—are planned to take place in person, on campus).
All practice-based classes in Drama are currently planned to be held in person on campus.
This is a module group in which the majority of students attend in person and a small number of students have applied, and been permitted to, attend online via an audio-video link. Students joining online have been unable to travel to attend in person, usually due to Covid restrictions. If you’re studying remotely for this reason, you’ll be able to follow your programme until you can join us in person. While most mixed mode groups will operate in this format from the beginning of the semester, some classes may need to switch back-and-forth between fully in-person and mixed-mode as a Covid-secure measure, and we ask you to be patient and supportive should this be necessary.
Check your QMplus module areas to see what you need to do to prepare for your classes each week. This might include a wide range of activities: for example, completing readings; watching a recorded presentation, performance or lecture; undertaking fieldwork; working on a collaborative project or performance. Make sure to leave enough time to do this in advance of your class. Updated QMplus Module Areas will be released the week commencing 20 September. Module Outlines are already available here.
In 2021/22 the School is offering the majority of modules as usual. The only reason we have cancelled any modules is, as in other years, because low student interest has made them not viable. The list of optional modules no longer scheduled to run can be found here.
ESH249 Art Histories and DRA261 London Performance Now are unavailable to students unable to travel to campus in Semester A. Both modules are quite unusual in that they involve a number of in-person site/theatre visits. These are difficult to replicate in a mixed mode, meaning that students studying remotely for the whole Semester would not be able to meet the learning objectives for these modules. Both modules are also offered in Semester B.
A module add/drop process will open during Welcome Week, although opportunity for change is extremely limited at this stage—many modules are already full, especially at Level 6.
Activities such as dissertation supervision, advising, student support and careers development are planned to take place both online and on campus so that students and staff can work these appointments into their timetables flexibly. Student societies (e.g. Queen Mary Theatre Company, CUB Magazine) will communicate their plans soon.
Members of staff normally hold two Drop-In Hours each teaching week, with a smaller number during exam periods. One hour will normally happen in person and on campus, and the other hour will happen online. You can sign up for an appointment for either an in-person or online Drop-In Hour on QMplus.
Yes! We encourage students studying remotely to join us in person as soon as you can. There’s nothing quite like studying in person, and we look forward to welcoming you to Mile End as soon as you’re able to travel (though please email us to let us know when you’re arriving).
In most cases, no. Students are generally expected to attend in person and studying remotely is not elective—it's for students who have been unable to travel to campus due to circumstances beyond their control, most commonly due to Covid restrictions (e.g. if they reside in a country outside the UK from which travel is restricted, or their type of vaccination is not recognised in the UK). If you have already started studying in person, you can only apply to switch to remote study if circumstances arising from the pandemic that are beyond your control mean you are unable to continue your studies in person for an extended period. You will need to complete a special form if you wish to do this.
Please note that individual module tutors cannot grant permission for you to study online: you must complete the form.
The School’s priority remains the health and safety of our whole community. We have contingency plans to enable our modules to transition online in the event of further Covid restrictions. If public health advice means we are unable to run seminars and workshops on campus, we will transform these into webinars, so you will be able to continue your studies online with fellow students from around the world. Or there might be a mixture, with some students in the room and others, who cannot join us due to international travel restrictions, joining live through our online teaching platform.
Our SED Covid-19 Good Practice Guidance on QMplus contains information about everything from vaccinations to cleaning practices to face coverings.
We will normally contact you via your Queen Mary email address, so make sure to check that regularly. We will not normally contact you via another email address (e.g. your personal Gmail address). In exceptional cases, we may contact you via telephone.